Learn to identify major and minor keys by ear and it will be much easier for you to play by ear and improvise. Here are two shortcuts to help you learn.
The key of a piece of music determines the set of notes it uses and you can learn to recognise the two types of key, major and minor, by ear. Key is closely related to musical scale and identifying the key can help you play by ear and transcribe more efficiently.
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